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Mobiltel extends 900/1800MHz spectrum licence

Mobiltel is holding on to its 900 and 1800MHz spectrum

Telekom Austria’s Bulgarian subsidiary Mobiltel, said Tuesday it has extended its licence for 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum to 2024. The company paid €30.6m for the extension.

Cincinatti Bell to close wireless operation, sell spectrum

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Regional US operator Cincinnati Bell has announced that it is to close its cellular business, selling its spectrum licences to Verizon Wireless for $194m. The firm, which reported a wireless subscriber base of 340,000 at the end of 2013, down from 398,000 at the close of 2012, saw full year 2013 wireless revenues drop by 17 per cent to $202m.

NAO claims UK missed out on £160m in 4G spectrum auction

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The UK National Audit Office (NAO) has claimed that the country missed out on an extra £160m in revenue by reserving spectrum during the 4G spectrum auction in February last year.

All you need is love

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That’s what John Lennon said, at least. The Informer’s not sure Lennon is an entirely reliable source, however. After all, this was a millionaire who entreated us all to imagine no possessions. And let’s not forget that he also claimed on at least one occasion to be a walrus. The Informer thought of Lennon when he saw the news that Vodafone was attempting, in this most romantic of weeks, to woo Ono; the Spanish cable and TV provider.

Vodafone spends £1.9bn on Indian 4G spectrum

Vodafone will use some of the spectrum for 4G services

Vodafone India said Friday it has spent £1.9bn (INR19,645 crores) on spectrum licenses for 11 circles in the country.

Regulation, OTT threat and spectrum dominate operator challenges

US operators see that within a few years, they could be in trouble with regards to spectrum

The most serious challenge mobile operators face over the next five years is the competitive threat from OTT players, according to overall respondents to the Telecoms.com Intelligence Industry Survey 2014. Almost 50 per cent of respondents rating the OTT threat a six or seven on a one-to-seven scale of severity. But the operator repondents themselves when broken out, however, judged regulatory pressure on pricing to be the biggest threat, with almost 60 per cent of operator respondents giving this a high rating for severity.

Designing the digital dividend: Africa earmarks 700MHz band

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The details for global digital dividend spectrum allocation won’t be finalised until 2015 but Africa is the first region to cohesively earmark 700MHz bandwidth freed up by the transition to digital for future telecoms services.

Software defined spectrum, anyone?

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Consultant and one-time head of research and development for UK regulator Ofcom, William Webb asks whether operators really need to own the spectrum in which their services operate. If radio access infrastructure can be outsourced or shared and the core can be virtualised, why shouldn’t the industry look at innovative usage models for spectrum?

Interview: SVP for technical architecture at Sprint: “We have the ability to build a bigger pipe than the competition because of our spectrum position”

Dr. John Saw, SVP, Technical Architecture, Sprint

Dr. John Saw, SVP for technical architectureat US operator Sprint is delivering a keynote address on “Analyzing the LTE Opportunity”, on Day One of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA.

UMTS Forum urges LatAm regulators to speed up release of 700Mhz band

The UMTS Forum has urged regulators in Latin America to speed up the release of digital dividend spectrum in the 700MHz band to mobile operators

The UMTS Forum has urged regulators in Latin America to speed up the release of digital dividend spectrum in the 700MHz band to mobile operators.

Carrier community pushing to adopt Asia Pac 700MHz plan

The Macedonian 4G auction recently finished

Australian carrier Telstra and trade bodies the GSMA and GSA on Monday launched a major promotion of the APT700 spectrum band for 4G networks. The Asia Pacific implementation of the ‘digital dividend’ frequency reclaimed from the move to digital TV has already been identified for use in markets covering more than two billion people and the industry bodies are pushing for global adoption in order to facilitate LTE roaming.

Senior researcher for Telkom Indonesia: “Mobile cloud computing will be a great source of new revenues on top of LTE”

Hadi Hariyanto, senior researcher for Telkom, Indonesia is taking part in a panel discussion on integrating carrier Wi-Fi into telco networks on Day Two of the LTE Asia conference, taking place on the 18th-19th September 2013 at the Suntec, Singapore. Ahead of the show we find out more about the complex spectrum issues that are holding back the deployment of LTE in Indonesia.

EE says LTE users are spurning wifi

EE's LTE network is lessening the firm's dependence on wifi offload

UK LTE pioneer EE has revealed that use of public and private wifi connections is dropping among its LTE subscription base. In a survey of its LTE customer base, EE found that 43 per cent were using “fewer or no public wifi hotspots” since moving to the technology.

EC grants 800MHz delays to nine Member States

Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda

The European Commission has allowed nine Member States further postponements to their obligation to make 800MHz spectrum available for mobile broadband use. All states originally agreed to meet a January 2013 deadline but a number have yet to comply. There were 14 requests for further postponements, accounting for half of all Member States.

Macedonian cellcos awarded LTE spectrum

The Macedonian 4G auction recently finished

Telekom Austria’s Macedonian subsidiary, Vip Operator, was the first of its peers to confirm the award of one of three LTE frequency blocks on Thursday.

LTE is the only way to use spectrum efficiently says EE network chief

EE is the UK's first LTE network

The only way to get the optimal efficiency out of spectrum assets is to use as much of them as possible for LTE services, according to Paul Ceely, head of network strategy at EE, the first operator in the UK market to launch LTE.

Inter cell interference issues greater than expected

Cell interference is becoming a significant issue

Technical considerations dominated much of the discussion at LTE World Summit this week, with Chinese equipment vendor ZTE claiming that inter cell interference is much higher than first thought and proposed solutions built into the LTE specification might not be sufficient remedy.

LTE spectrum: Done Roaming

US operators see that within a few years, they could be in trouble with regards to spectrum

The ITU has long endeavoured to forge a global spectrum harmonisation plan, but the vast differences in availability and specific requirements from country to country have made such a task impossible. Now any hopes of establishing an international roaming band for LTE look set to be dashed on the rocks of fragmentation.

Australian regulator hits back at auction “failure” accusations

Chris Chapman, ACMA Chair, has taken issue with comments from Coleago

The head of the Australian telecoms regulator has hit back at allegations that the recent spectrum auction was “damaging to the economy” and dismissed claims that one of the country’s three operators was deterred from participating by high reserve prices. The criticisms were levelled at ACMA by the CEO of spectrum auction planning specialist Coleago Consulting on Wednesday.

Regulator stops Czech auction over pricing worries

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The Czech regulator has pulled the plug on an auction for 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum after bids rocketed out of control.

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